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Durbin says Democrats face ‘uphill’ situation after Trump-led GOP sweep

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin lamented the outcome of the presidential campaign as he stood outside a downtown train station to help U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth thank voters for sending her to join him in the Senate.

“I now know the range of human emotions, in six days to go from the heights of a Cubs victory to last night’s election,” said Durbin, who added that he would “accept the legal verdict of our democracy” and fight for Democratic values “in a civilized way.”

Durbin is the second highest-ranking Democrat in the Senate, where his party is in the minority and will remain so after failing to win the handful of seats it needed to take control.

“It’s a situation that’s going to be uphill,” Durbin said of the one-party control that will take over Washington in January. “You have to remember, though, the institution of the Senate was designed to respect the minority … most important things will have to be done on a bipartisan basis.”

Of President-elect Donald Trump, Durbin said he’d work with him.

“That’s my responsibility, that’s what I accepted when I took this office,” Durbin said. “I just hope the office will build the man and help him understand the awesome responsibility which the American people have given him.”

Duckworth was all smiles as she greeted commuters and thanked them for helping her win in her challenge to Republican Sen. Mark Kirk.

At a debate last week, Kirk had asked Duckworth to join him for a post-election beer at the Billy Goat Tavern. Duckworth said the two had agreed to do so on Friday, which is Veterans Day.

“It can’t be any more appropriate than that, for two veterans to get together on Veterans Day and have a drink together,” Duckworth said. (Kim Geiger) 

 

What’s on tap

*Mayor Rahm Emanuel will speak to the Civic Federation board of directors.

*Gov. Bruce Rauner has no public schedule.

*The Cook County Board is scheduled to vote on President Toni Preckwinkle’s soda pop tax.

 

What we’re writing (Day After Election edition)

*Why Trump’s big win means problems for Rauner.

*State budget impasse expected to continue as Rauner, Madigan dig in post-election.

*Big anti-Trump protest in Chicago night after election.

*Emanuel "not worried" about Trump retaliation against Chicago, but some aldermen are.

*Emanuel hints he’s inclined to appoint Latino to replace Mendoza as city clerk.

*Duckworth will enter U.S. Senate, where seniority rules, as freshman in minority party.

*Meet the fresh new face in Illinois’ congressional delegation.

*Preckwinkle faces close vote on soda pop tax.

*Dive into election results here.

 

What we’re reading (Day After Election Hot Takes Edition)

*The Age of Trump begins.

*How Trump won: The revenge of working-class whites.

*Can America survive President Donald Trump?

 

Follow the money 

*Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here.

 

Beyond Chicago

*Trump’s agenda would take U.S. down new path.

*Clinton, Obama urge disappointed voters to accept Trump’s victory.

*Giuliani, Christie and Gingrich could get Trump Cabinet jobs.

*Republican sweep imperils Obamacare law.

 
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